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Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Oct 30, 1999, 19:41
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2017, 11:35  Frans 
 
Thanks Blue and all.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
51. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 2, 2017, 03:01  Frans 
 
Rigs wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 17:11:
EDIT: Oh! Also, maybe some more time to EDIT a post before it says on the bottom that it's been edited?
I've doubled the window to 10 minutes.

Rigs wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 17:11:
Also maybe an option to disable the extra 'Post has been edited' step after editing a post (duh!). So we hit 'Edit' and it goes right back to the thread with our newly edited post. That would save some time.
Given how the board code handles form submissions, it's not possible (or at easy to see how) to make an exception just there.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 1, 2017, 15:55  Frans 
 
nin wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 14:42:
Page seems to load a bit quicker,
If that's the case, it may be due to updated Apache, MySQL and/or Perl versions...

nin wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 14:42:
or is that just the power of suggestion?
...or that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 1, 2017, 10:41  Frans 
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 00:40:
Frans wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 13:57:
Just an OS upgrade, so don't hold your breath.
Windows XP? Awesome!
How'd you guess? I know it was a pretty big leap from DOS 6.1, but it seems to have worked out well enough. I should have done this a decade ago.

As for any new features or other visible changes, that's tricky if not downright hard, because the Blammo CMS and Chatbear-based forum code is so old and crufty. Making the site more mobile-friendly or disabling ads for members is difficult due to the lack of code and HTML separation (Furn and Bagpuss didn't do MVC in the 90's).

And building a new site using modern tech that looks, functions and feels like the current one is of course a huge undertaking. No contemporary CMS can do that out of the box either. So unless an experienced web programmer (which I'm not) steps forward to work on this (more or less) pro bono, or another really clever idea surfaces, I'm afraid little is going to change around here.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 31, 2016, 13:57  Frans 
 
nin wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 13:46:
One more note for the new year: There will be some scheduled maintenance on the server here tomorrow
Gasp! Anything exciting or new?
Just an OS upgrade, so don't hold your breath.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: 20 years? Oct 10, 2016, 03:51  Frans 
 
Ant wrote on Oct 9, 2016, 20:04:
Dang! How old was Quake Rag?
That's always been somewhat fuzzy but a best estimate was August 1995.

Been coming here since 1997 myself, and administrating since Fall 1999 (and news posting too, for a number of years). Congratulations Blue, it's been one heck of a ride. Allthumbsup
 
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
41. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 22, 2016, 03:44  Frans 
 
Spektr wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 12:58:
Jee back in the days a demo wasn't time limited.
I half expected this from the start, it's just a marketing trick: first to get people to talk about the game, the demo and the time limit; then to talk about the game, the demo and the time extension. Looks like it worked.

They might even "change their mind" again and leave the demo available indefinitely -- like it should be.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2016, 03:40  Frans 
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 27, 2016, 15:30:
Thirdeded!

Fran's is a Saint.
My sister isn't named Fran, but she's one of my favorite persons indeed.

For the technically-inclined, Apache was brought down by this issue, but figuring that out took longer than the fix (an Apache restart).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2016, 16:06  Frans 
 
Genesys wrote on Mar 26, 2016, 12:10:
It looks like Amazon's got a problem with their Associate links. The iframes get loaded securely with src="//rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/..." urls, which inherit the "https" prefix if the originating site used it. Unfortunately, the served content has hardcoded http:// links to the clickable images, and that triggers the warning.
Yes, that is a known problem already mentioned by Blue.

Genesys wrote on Mar 26, 2016, 12:20:
Blue, check this link out: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3890003/amazon-widget-and-ssl . It looks like adding "&internal=1" to your iframe request will make those images get fetched over https.
Ah, excellent find, that worked for our Amazon links too, despite the different hostnames. Thanks!

Now Chrome and https://www.whynopadlock.com/ consider the site completely okay. But Firefox and IE11 are more strict, and still display mixed-content warnings due to the switchadhub.com ads which have the same problem with their tracking pixels.
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Invades
38. Re: XCOM 2 Invades Feb 6, 2016, 03:36  Frans 
 
Those who made a (possibly reasonable) comment but were stupid enough to not edit out the warez link, got their whole posts deleted.

Please respect the Forum Rules. Thanks.
 
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General Discussion > BN display on mobile
11. No subject Aug 22, 2015, 04:08  Frans 
 
Rhialto wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 08:31:
Maybe they should think of a m.bluesnews.com?
That exists, but is an alias for wap.bluesnews.com, which dates back to the pre-smartphone era.

Rhialto wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 08:20:
I don't know how many you are behind the scene...
Had you taken a look at the Credits page, you'd know it's essentially one, Blue.

eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 28, 2014, 14:06:
You need to make that a bluesnews related news post then
Done. But the number of months between this thread and that post is indication of the glacial pace at which this moves.

Rhialto wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 21:45:
Should take less than a minute to fix, no?
Obviously not, unless you can point out exactly how?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2015, 12:22  Frans 
 
nin wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 08:45:
What does the player get out of that? Sounds boring.
There's no challenge in racing it, true, so I guess there's no replayability either, but one can certainly be impressed by and feel some admiration for the cleverness of complex and lengthy PF tracks, such as the one Blue linked.

Then again, as they say in racing (and many other areas), YMMV.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2015, 08:29  Frans 
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 04:37:
So, you're really not steering at all, but do you have to do anything with the throttle to make sure you hit the jumps at the right speed?
Nope, just keep Pressing Forward, hence such tracks are typically marked PF.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2015, 03:48  Frans 
 
The player doesn't have to: it's a PF or Press Forward track. That's a particular style of TrackMania track building where all the effort is made by the builder to define you path you drive/fly. The player just has to keep pressing Forward, the slightest steering action will throw you off that path, and usually crash.

In other words, such tracks (there are thousands but not often this long) are showcases for the builder's skill, not the player's.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. R.I.P. Ty Halderman Aug 17, 2015, 12:15  Frans 
 
On behalf of the gamers.org crew, I offer our deepest condolences to Ty's family. The sad news we feared to receive since Ty became unable to maintain the idgames archive has arrived, and comes as a blow nonetheless.

When I had to relinquish idgames maintenance, it was a relief to do so to such a capable community member as Ty. I remain very grateful for how he kept up this often rewarding but sometimes thankless "job", and over the past 18 years it was always a pleasure to support him with archive maintenance and system administration stuff. He impressed with his no-nonsense, independent stance towards all fruits of the DOOM community, his fairness and, above all, his humor.

My regret is that we were never able to meet in person. My hope is that the many messages of sympathy and support in the DoomWorld forum provide some small measure of consolation to Ty's family.

His legacy lives on in the idgames archive.

This comment was edited on Aug 17, 2015, 12:43.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2015, 07:04  Frans 
 
Thanks Blue and all! Cake  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
59. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2014, 11:37  Frans 
 
|RaptoR| wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 15:50:
What was the original URL?
http://www.panix.com/~sheaslip/3d/quake.shtml and
http://www.panix.com/~sheaslip/quake/
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2014, 17:10  Frans 
 
nin wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 15:11:
Fibrocyte wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 14:59:
Blue: You should've taken advantage of the downtime to implement a mobile version of this page.
Yeah, I'm sure he had nothing else going on.
Riiight.

Still, there already are some (primitive, perhaps, but it never was a priority) non-desktop feeds:
http://www.bluesnews.com/a/4/feeds-services
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
19. Re: Into the Black Feb 19, 2014, 05:20  Frans 
 
shul wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 02:48:
Is it just me or is the site working faster
Just you. Only the drives were replaced.

shul wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 02:48:
btw, is Frans getting anything for this work?
Kudos from Blue and you lot, which I appreciate. And satisfaction from completing the job.

shul wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 02:48:
Something I always wondered about is, how many people are in the bluesnews team?
Read around on the site some more, and you should have found: http://www.bluesnews.com/a/2/site-credits
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2014, 18:27  Frans 
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 18, 2014, 18:14:
Welp hopefully this'll take care of all those mini-outages as well.
Well, we'll have to see about that, but if they do reoccur I finally have a new idea to try for a remedy.

Cutter wrote on Feb 18, 2014, 18:14:
Good job as per usual Frans!
Thanks.
 
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